Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Two-day sale opens Friday with bargains and a good cause

“This is one of our best and most successful fundraisers over the years and one that everybody seems to look forward to attending,” Theatre Arlington Guild President Beth Marshall says of the jewelry and accessories sale.
“This is one of our best and most successful fundraisers over the years and one that everybody seems to look forward to attending,” Theatre Arlington Guild President Beth Marshall says of the jewelry and accessories sale. Courtesy photo

Ready, set, shop! Unleash the shopping monster inside you at the biannual $6-jewelry-and-accessories sale Friday and Saturday hosted by members of Theatre Arlington Guild.

No you are not dreaming: Most of the jewelry is only $6. And there’s more because apparel and accessories at 20-75 percent off retail are also in the mix. Enjoy a good retail experience at the nicely displayed store while you browse merchandise to find special something to add to your spring wardrobe or the perfect thing for vacation.

“Our patrons will find wonderful, good-quality jewelry for women, men and children along with accessories including watches, purses, scarves, clothing and a great variety of other gifts at fantastic prices,” said Marie Trotsky, the event organizer.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 316 W. Main St. in downtown Arlington across the street from the theater.

“This is one of our best and most successful fundraisers over the years and one that everybody seems to look forward to attending,” says guild President Beth Marshall.

Admission is free, and funds raised benefit Theatre Arlington. Call 817-261-9628 with questions.

Entries due May 21 for July Fourth parade

Do not miss an opportunity to be part of history. How? Decide now to have an entry in Arlington’s historic 50th anniversary of the July Fourth parade. The deadline for registering entries is May 21, and spots are going fast.

Show your patriotism and community pride for your business, church group, school, scout group, club, hobby, civic group or neighborhood by getting an entry together for the patriotic processional seen by more than 50,000 spectators every year.

Floats, decorated vehicles, marching entries, bands, cheerleaders and drill teams, horses and entries of all descriptions will travel the 2-mile parade route through downtown Arlington and the UT Arlington College Park area. It’s a great opportunity for exposure and for some memorable camaraderie.

To celebrate the golden anniversary, new activities surrounding the parade include a Ruby Odom Patriotic Hat Contest, a canned-food drive along the parade route to benefit Arlington Charities and art contests to design the parade poster and T-shirt. Watch for details in a later column.

Sign up and learn more about the parade and contests at, call 817-330-9USA or email

Teen Talent Follies may produce tomorrow’s superstar

The stakes are high at the Teen Talent Follies set for Friday at 7 p.m. where 50 junior high and high school students will compete for $2,500 in cash scholarships. Hosted by Dance Theatre Arlington, the competition has a long history in town begun originally by the Sundown Kiwanis Club.

Seven judges, including veteran actor B.J. Cleveland, will choose winners in solo and group performances based on talent, preparation and performance criteria. The top three winners in each category are awarded cash scholarships upon graduation from high school.

“We are so happy to be able to continue giving these talented students a stage on which to be seen and scholarship opportunities to help them on their journeys,” said Executive Director Persis Ann Forster. “We want the community to show up to give them the audience they deserve.”

Scholarships also go to winners of special awards named for Forster, Fred Nevius, Roger Spivy, Kevin Kemp and Buddy Harris. Members of the popular a capella singing group Pentatonix are former winners at the Follies.

Tickets are $10 each. Purchase at or at the door. Proceeds benefit the dance theater’s programs and scholarships. The venue for the 7 p.m. show is the Mainstage Theater at UT Arlington.

Arlington schools foundation grants benefit classrooms

Students at a dozen Arlington schools will reap the benefits of nearly $36,000 in grants funded in March by the Arlington ISD Education Foundation.

A collaborative grant from the Dipert Family Fund went to Gunn, Boles and Ousley junior highs for a Battle of the Books program, and a program called “Covered in Chrome: STEM in the Classroom” at Ousley was made possible by a $5,000 grant.

A digital communications center at Dunn Elementary became a reality after a grant named for the Star-Telegram as well as the creation of an after-school photography club for students at Johns Elementary. At Arlington High, creating an aesthetically pleasing, more spacious environment for math students to learn was funded by the school’s alumni association.

Other named grant awards included a $2,000 Diane Patrick Grant for creating lifelong learners at Bailey Junior High and a $5,000 Harold Patterson Grant for Wood Elementary’s Wildcat Listening Station.

“The Arlington ISD Education Foundation is delighted to be able to provide support for our outstanding teachers and students,” said Brian White, executive director. “We want to help our educators provide opportunities to our students that are not covered through state funding.”

Since it was founded 20 years ago, the foundation has distributed more than $1.2 million in grants. The next round of grants will occur this spring.

Find out how to get involved at or call White at 682-867-1927.

Events at a glance

▪ Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Grand Prairie Library is Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and include appetizers, a pre-show scavenger hunt, three-course dinner and beverages and the show. An Act of Murder is all about a Hollywood murder and features an interesting cast of characters. Proceeds benefit the Grand Prairie Arts Council and the libraries. Seating is limited, so call 972-642-ARTS or visit to make reservations quickly. Venue address is 901 Conover Drive.

▪ Goldilocks continues its run at Creative Arts Theatre & School on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. A comic spin of the classic fairy tale, this adaptation uses clever dialogue and audience participation to teach the concept of responsibility featuring an all-youth cast. Saturday’s evening show includes a performance by touring group Caleidoscope. Tickets are $8-$10, available at or by calling 817-861-2287. CATS black box theater is at 602 E. South St.

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